Learning Points For Pulmonary Case Study Essay Examples
History of dry cough accompanied by low-grade fever spiking to 101 over a two week period
Admission to emergency room for same symptoms three months ago; prescribed antibiotics and inhaler when she declined admission. Gradual improvement to satisfactory level.
X-rays reveal evidence of emphysema; lung show hyperinflation bilaterally with increased AP diameter. Lungs demonstrate decreased breath sounds with right lower lobe dull to percussion.
Complains of depression secondary to lifestyle.
Low level of activity due to shortness of breath
History of smoking
Lives alone, but is slightly active in her church.
Grown daughters live near, but the relationship is not at the level she would like. She sees them once a month.
Two surviving sisters, one with breast cancer. She feels she may have lung cancer. She also expresses concern she may have pneumonia due to breathing problems.
Assure patient there are no indications of lung cancer in either of X-rays. Discuss warning signs of lung cancer and recommend contact with physician with concerns.
Promote smoking cessation through referral to community programs. Patient education for free aides from American Cancer Society. Referral to community services.
Promote low levels of activity, increasing with improvement in breathing. Referral to community services.
Discuss increasing contact with family members. Instruction on communication techniques for reaching out to members of the church and daughters. Encourage attendance with community and church groups for socialization and exercise.
Discuss possibility of adjustment to medical insurance coverage to include at least partial expense of medications to promote prescription compliance.
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